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Caprica Episode Guide

Caprica Season 1 (2010-2011)

Caprica Pilot 1×01 Pilot
An extended version of the pilot premiered exclusively on DVD and digital download on April 21, 2009 as a preview to the series. On the vibrant world of Caprica, in a culture recognizably close to our own, two dynamic families – the Graystones and the Adamas – live separately on opposite ends of society until they are brought together by tragedy. Daniel Graystone, a computer engineering genius, owns a large corporation that is spearheading the development of artificial intelligence. His unwavering professional pursuits are driven to extreme measures when personal tragedy strikes him and his wife Amanda: their strong-willed daughter Zoe dies in a terrorist bombing fueled by an underground religious dogma. Unbeknownst to her parents, the teenager had also been dabbling in these radical teachings, which were secretly propagated by her school’s headmistress, Sister Clarice Willow. Also living on Caprica but deeply entrenched in a cultural heritage that sets them apart from the rest of civilization, is the Adama clan. The family is helmed by Joseph Adama, a renowned criminal defense attorney with questionable ties and sometimes-devious methods, and father to William and Tamara. When Joseph’s wife and daughter perish in the same attack that befell Zoe Graystone, Joseph’s path soon crosses Daniel’s, and the two become united in their grief. Soon after, Daniel lets Joseph in on a sinister secret. He’s discovered that Zoe, a computer genius in her own right, had been experimenting with perilous virtual reality technology along with her friend Lacy, and managed the impossible: She created a life-like avatar of herself, a perfect digital copy. Obsessed with the possibility of seeing his daughter once again, and preying on Joseph’s shared emotions, Daniel implores his new confidante to help him make Zoe’s vision a complete reality. Appalled by the ethical implications of recreating a soul, but aching to bring his own daughter back to life, Joseph complies… and the fate of the human race is altered forever.
Jan. 22, 2010
Caprica Rebirth 1×02 Rebirth
Zoe’s avatar tries to adapt to her new life inside a robot’s body while the Graystones and the Adamas cope with their losses. Elsewhere, Lacy dines with Sister Clarice, and young Will Adama spends some quality time with his shady uncle.
Jan. 29, 2010
Caprica The Reins of a Waterfall 1×03 The Reins of a Waterfall
The Graystones deal with the repercussions of Amanda’s claims, including doing publicity as a talk show host uses their poor image as a punchline every night. With hopes that Lacy will pick up her deceased counterpart’s plan, Zoe recovers her avatar, as well as that of Tamara whose father desperately wants to see her again. Meanwhile, Sister Clarice continues in her attempts to get closer to Lacy, as the Caprican government stumbles across a misplaced piece of their investigation.
Feb. 05, 2010
Caprica Gravedancing 1×04 Gravedancing
As the fallout from Zoe’s involvement in the MAGLEV bombing grows, Daniel prepares to defend himself and his company on the hugely popular talk show Backtalk with Baxter Sarno. His plan to distance himself from Zoe finds him alienating Amanda, who is still reeling from her own public detractors. As Daniel steps in front of the cameras for show time, Amanda arrives at the studio, with no intention of staying backstage. After ordering the death of Amanda Graystone, Joseph is wracked with a heavy conscience and desperately tries to stop Sam from carrying it out but hitman brother Sam is already closing in. Agent Duram uses his GDD resources to circle closer and closer to Clarice and the youth of the STO, forcing Lacy and Keon closer together and possibly into an unexpected romance.
Feb. 19, 2010
Caprica There is Another Sky 1×05 There is Another Sky
The avatar of Tamara Adama wanders V-World, scared, lost, and unaware that she died nearly a month ago in the MagLev bombing. Falling in with a group of gamers, Tamara discovers a new side to V-World – New Cap City, a place where people live random lives of violence and crime in search of the game’s elusive meaning. Forced into aiding a digital crime spree, Tamara befriends a young gamer, until she discovers a devastating secret that threatens everything she knows.
Feb. 26, 2010
Caprica Know Thy Enemy 1×06 Know Thy Enemy
Company rival Tomas Vergis confronts Daniel over the theft of the meta-cognitive processor and the two workers who were murdered in the robbery. However, his means of revenge aren’t quite what Daniel expects. Keon takes Lacy to meet Barnabas Greeley, leader of the Soldiers of the One. Troubled over the work he’s been doing with the STO, Clarice hopes to gain attention by presenting the Zoe avatar and sets course by taking it directly from Daniel’s lab.
Mar. 05, 2010
Caprica The Imperfections of Memory 1×07 The Imperfections of Memory
Amanda’s life spirals out of control as she begins to see visions of her brother, who died years earlier. As a result, Clarice sees an opportunity to gain her trust and we learn a dark secret from Amanda’s past that could have major implications for her life with Daniel.
Mar. 12, 2010
Caprica Ghosts in the Machine 1×08 Ghosts in the Machine
Attempting to find his daughter, Joseph Adama re-enters New Cap City. His guide, Emanuelle. prepares Joseph for the ugly truths of the game, and equips him with a gun and a digital performance enhancement drug – amp – to improve his reaction time and increase his brutality. Daniel Graystone, also seeking his daughter, is pursuing his breakthrough discovery that Zoe’s avatar exists within the U-87. In a desperate attempt to communicate with her, Daniel presses her with a story of their burning home, and the fire that almost killed her – but to no avail. Joseph and Emanuelle seek Tamara at the New Cap equivalent of the Adama home, but the apartment is inhabited by a drug addict – an “amphead”. As the druggie yields the information that Joseph’s daughter is at a club called “Mysteries,” a gang of drug dealers bust in on the scene and threaten to end Adama’s New Cap life. Feigning innocence, Emanuelle claims not to know Adama, and as the gangsters are focused on Joseph, deftly takes out the whole team with her pistol. Joseph is relieved, but she berates him for freezing up – if he can’t pull the trigger when he needs to, he’ll never be able to help his daughter
Mar. 19, 2010
Caprica End of Line 1×09 End of Line
In a tense foreshadowing, we see the U-87 driving a stolen van, armed police in pursuit. But what brought Zoe Graystone to such a desperate action? Rewinding the clock, we learn that Daniel’s financial troubles are worsening, and he must sell the Buccaneers to his rival, Tomas Vergis. The army knows the chip was stolen, and have given him a week to finish the project. Unbeknownst to Daniel, they’re discussing a contract with Vergis. Barnabas is surprised by a visit from Clarice, who leaves him with the threat that she’ll go to STO leadership on Gemenon and shut him down, but Barnabas has his own plans to end Clarice’s life. Lacy, determined to get the U-87 to Gemenon, insinuates herself in Barnabas’s STO cell. He promises to get her cargo off-world as soon as the recent shipping embargo is lifted, but demands a favor in return. He gives Lacy a small device and orders her to switch it with Clarice’s key chain. Fearfully, Lacy complies. Amanda Graystone, whose sanity continues to slip, indulges her fascination with bridges, and reaches out to Clarice as a confidant. Clarice suggests Amanda open up to Daniel, but Amanda hints that Daniel has his own secrets, even darker and more destructive than her own…
Mar. 26, 2010
Caprica Unvanquished 1×10 Unvanquished
Having lost both his wife and company, Daniel approaches the Ha’la’tha with a deal to capitalise on virtual avatars as a means of defeating grief. Clarice pitches her plan for apotheosis to the doubtful leadership on Gemenon.
Oct. 05, 2010
Caprica Retribution 1×11 Retribution
A botched spaceport bombing leads Clarice to discover that her young converts have turned and uses it as an opportunity to dismantle Barnabas’s cell. Agent Duram’s investigations steers closer to Clarice and sows the seeds of doubt Amanda has in her. Daniel straddles a moral line as he works with the Adamas to blackmail Graystone Industries board members.
Oct. 12, 2010
Caprica Things We Lock Away 1×12 Things We Lock Away
In New Cap City, a vengeful Tamara confronts fellow “deadwalker” Zoe. Clarice and Amanda depart from the cabin, Amanda to an empty home and Clarice to a kidnapped Lacy. Meanwhile, Daniel has successfully won back his company, but there’s one more part of the process that Daniel isn’t ready for.
Oct. 19, 2010
Caprica False Labor 1×13 False Labor
Graystone Industries provides an opportunity to never lose a loved one thanks to breakthrough technology. Others are staring down the same path as the deceased when held at gunpoint, and even still others are doing the gun-holding against another life-force. What the frak will they do?
Oct. 26, 2010
Caprica Blowback 1×14 Blowback
Amanda tries to get more information from Clarice, but can’t get close enough. In order to provide her with the equipment to do so, Duram would have to give her up as his CI, a dangerous confession given the possible leak within the department.
Jan. 04, 2011
Caprica The Dirteaters 1×15 The Dirteaters
As the Adama brothers rise to new positions in the Ha’la’tha, they are haunted by the mission of their late parents and the different direction the Guatrau is taking them. Daniel hopes to use this with Sam by offering Cylons for Tauron, in exchange for refraining to carry out the ordered hit.
Jan. 04, 2011
Caprica The Heavens Will Rise 1×16 The Heavens Will Rise
As the “Avenging Angels” change code inside New Cap City, Daniel is able to track them down, but an early snafu in trying to reach out to Zoe leave the Graystones to enter the game only under its strict rules. With only one chance, Daniel asks help from Sam who has no interest in disturbing his brother’s peace of mind.
Jan. 04, 2011
Caprica Here Be Dragons 1×17 Here Be Dragons
The Graystones’ search for Zoe leave them oblivious to the danger of Clarice and her two husbands invading their home. At the same time, the Adamas are targeted by the Ha’la’tha. One family will finally begin the move forward, while the other will experience yet another tragedy.
Jan. 04, 2011
Caprica Apotheosis 1×18 Apotheosis
Clarice and Olaf move forward with the plan to blow up Atlas Arena when they learn of their powerful ally in the GDD. Singh covers their tracks by framing the Graystones as terrorists, forcing them to go on the run. The grieving Adamas confront the Guatrau for his string of recent decisions in the hopes of avoiding further violence.
Jan. 04, 2011

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Caprica Episode Guide

Caprica Season 1 (2010-2011)

Caprica Pilot 1×01 Pilot
An extended version of the pilot premiered exclusively on DVD and digital download on April 21, 2009 as a preview to the series. On the vibrant world of Caprica, in a culture recognizably close to our own, two dynamic families – the Graystones and the Adamas – live separately on opposite ends of society until they are brought together by tragedy. Daniel Graystone, a computer engineering genius, owns a large corporation that is spearheading the development of artificial intelligence. His unwavering professional pursuits are driven to extreme measures when personal tragedy strikes him and his wife Amanda: their strong-willed daughter Zoe dies in a terrorist bombing fueled by an underground religious dogma. Unbeknownst to her parents, the teenager had also been dabbling in these radical teachings, which were secretly propagated by her school’s headmistress, Sister Clarice Willow. Also living on Caprica but deeply entrenched in a cultural heritage that sets them apart from the rest of civilization, is the Adama clan. The family is helmed by Joseph Adama, a renowned criminal defense attorney with questionable ties and sometimes-devious methods, and father to William and Tamara. When Joseph’s wife and daughter perish in the same attack that befell Zoe Graystone, Joseph’s path soon crosses Daniel’s, and the two become united in their grief. Soon after, Daniel lets Joseph in on a sinister secret. He’s discovered that Zoe, a computer genius in her own right, had been experimenting with perilous virtual reality technology along with her friend Lacy, and managed the impossible: She created a life-like avatar of herself, a perfect digital copy. Obsessed with the possibility of seeing his daughter once again, and preying on Joseph’s shared emotions, Daniel implores his new confidante to help him make Zoe’s vision a complete reality. Appalled by the ethical implications of recreating a soul, but aching to bring his own daughter back to life, Joseph complies… and the fate of the human race is altered forever.
Jan. 22, 2010
Caprica Rebirth 1×02 Rebirth
Zoe’s avatar tries to adapt to her new life inside a robot’s body while the Graystones and the Adamas cope with their losses. Elsewhere, Lacy dines with Sister Clarice, and young Will Adama spends some quality time with his shady uncle.
Jan. 29, 2010
Caprica The Reins of a Waterfall 1×03 The Reins of a Waterfall
The Graystones deal with the repercussions of Amanda’s claims, including doing publicity as a talk show host uses their poor image as a punchline every night. With hopes that Lacy will pick up her deceased counterpart’s plan, Zoe recovers her avatar, as well as that of Tamara whose father desperately wants to see her again. Meanwhile, Sister Clarice continues in her attempts to get closer to Lacy, as the Caprican government stumbles across a misplaced piece of their investigation.
Feb. 05, 2010
Caprica Gravedancing 1×04 Gravedancing
As the fallout from Zoe’s involvement in the MAGLEV bombing grows, Daniel prepares to defend himself and his company on the hugely popular talk show Backtalk with Baxter Sarno. His plan to distance himself from Zoe finds him alienating Amanda, who is still reeling from her own public detractors. As Daniel steps in front of the cameras for show time, Amanda arrives at the studio, with no intention of staying backstage. After ordering the death of Amanda Graystone, Joseph is wracked with a heavy conscience and desperately tries to stop Sam from carrying it out but hitman brother Sam is already closing in. Agent Duram uses his GDD resources to circle closer and closer to Clarice and the youth of the STO, forcing Lacy and Keon closer together and possibly into an unexpected romance.
Feb. 19, 2010
Caprica There is Another Sky 1×05 There is Another Sky
The avatar of Tamara Adama wanders V-World, scared, lost, and unaware that she died nearly a month ago in the MagLev bombing. Falling in with a group of gamers, Tamara discovers a new side to V-World – New Cap City, a place where people live random lives of violence and crime in search of the game’s elusive meaning. Forced into aiding a digital crime spree, Tamara befriends a young gamer, until she discovers a devastating secret that threatens everything she knows.
Feb. 26, 2010
Caprica Know Thy Enemy 1×06 Know Thy Enemy
Company rival Tomas Vergis confronts Daniel over the theft of the meta-cognitive processor and the two workers who were murdered in the robbery. However, his means of revenge aren’t quite what Daniel expects. Keon takes Lacy to meet Barnabas Greeley, leader of the Soldiers of the One. Troubled over the work he’s been doing with the STO, Clarice hopes to gain attention by presenting the Zoe avatar and sets course by taking it directly from Daniel’s lab.
Mar. 05, 2010
Caprica The Imperfections of Memory 1×07 The Imperfections of Memory
Amanda’s life spirals out of control as she begins to see visions of her brother, who died years earlier. As a result, Clarice sees an opportunity to gain her trust and we learn a dark secret from Amanda’s past that could have major implications for her life with Daniel.
Mar. 12, 2010
Caprica Ghosts in the Machine 1×08 Ghosts in the Machine
Attempting to find his daughter, Joseph Adama re-enters New Cap City. His guide, Emanuelle. prepares Joseph for the ugly truths of the game, and equips him with a gun and a digital performance enhancement drug – amp – to improve his reaction time and increase his brutality. Daniel Graystone, also seeking his daughter, is pursuing his breakthrough discovery that Zoe’s avatar exists within the U-87. In a desperate attempt to communicate with her, Daniel presses her with a story of their burning home, and the fire that almost killed her – but to no avail. Joseph and Emanuelle seek Tamara at the New Cap equivalent of the Adama home, but the apartment is inhabited by a drug addict – an “amphead”. As the druggie yields the information that Joseph’s daughter is at a club called “Mysteries,” a gang of drug dealers bust in on the scene and threaten to end Adama’s New Cap life. Feigning innocence, Emanuelle claims not to know Adama, and as the gangsters are focused on Joseph, deftly takes out the whole team with her pistol. Joseph is relieved, but she berates him for freezing up – if he can’t pull the trigger when he needs to, he’ll never be able to help his daughter
Mar. 19, 2010
Caprica End of Line 1×09 End of Line
In a tense foreshadowing, we see the U-87 driving a stolen van, armed police in pursuit. But what brought Zoe Graystone to such a desperate action? Rewinding the clock, we learn that Daniel’s financial troubles are worsening, and he must sell the Buccaneers to his rival, Tomas Vergis. The army knows the chip was stolen, and have given him a week to finish the project. Unbeknownst to Daniel, they’re discussing a contract with Vergis. Barnabas is surprised by a visit from Clarice, who leaves him with the threat that she’ll go to STO leadership on Gemenon and shut him down, but Barnabas has his own plans to end Clarice’s life. Lacy, determined to get the U-87 to Gemenon, insinuates herself in Barnabas’s STO cell. He promises to get her cargo off-world as soon as the recent shipping embargo is lifted, but demands a favor in return. He gives Lacy a small device and orders her to switch it with Clarice’s key chain. Fearfully, Lacy complies. Amanda Graystone, whose sanity continues to slip, indulges her fascination with bridges, and reaches out to Clarice as a confidant. Clarice suggests Amanda open up to Daniel, but Amanda hints that Daniel has his own secrets, even darker and more destructive than her own…
Mar. 26, 2010
Caprica Unvanquished 1×10 Unvanquished
Having lost both his wife and company, Daniel approaches the Ha’la’tha with a deal to capitalise on virtual avatars as a means of defeating grief. Clarice pitches her plan for apotheosis to the doubtful leadership on Gemenon.
Oct. 05, 2010
Caprica Retribution 1×11 Retribution
A botched spaceport bombing leads Clarice to discover that her young converts have turned and uses it as an opportunity to dismantle Barnabas’s cell. Agent Duram’s investigations steers closer to Clarice and sows the seeds of doubt Amanda has in her. Daniel straddles a moral line as he works with the Adamas to blackmail Graystone Industries board members.
Oct. 12, 2010
Caprica Things We Lock Away 1×12 Things We Lock Away
In New Cap City, a vengeful Tamara confronts fellow “deadwalker” Zoe. Clarice and Amanda depart from the cabin, Amanda to an empty home and Clarice to a kidnapped Lacy. Meanwhile, Daniel has successfully won back his company, but there’s one more part of the process that Daniel isn’t ready for.
Oct. 19, 2010
Caprica False Labor 1×13 False Labor
Graystone Industries provides an opportunity to never lose a loved one thanks to breakthrough technology. Others are staring down the same path as the deceased when held at gunpoint, and even still others are doing the gun-holding against another life-force. What the frak will they do?
Oct. 26, 2010
Caprica Blowback 1×14 Blowback
Amanda tries to get more information from Clarice, but can’t get close enough. In order to provide her with the equipment to do so, Duram would have to give her up as his CI, a dangerous confession given the possible leak within the department.
Jan. 04, 2011
Caprica The Dirteaters 1×15 The Dirteaters
As the Adama brothers rise to new positions in the Ha’la’tha, they are haunted by the mission of their late parents and the different direction the Guatrau is taking them. Daniel hopes to use this with Sam by offering Cylons for Tauron, in exchange for refraining to carry out the ordered hit.
Jan. 04, 2011
Caprica The Heavens Will Rise 1×16 The Heavens Will Rise
As the “Avenging Angels” change code inside New Cap City, Daniel is able to track them down, but an early snafu in trying to reach out to Zoe leave the Graystones to enter the game only under its strict rules. With only one chance, Daniel asks help from Sam who has no interest in disturbing his brother’s peace of mind.
Jan. 04, 2011
Caprica Here Be Dragons 1×17 Here Be Dragons
The Graystones’ search for Zoe leave them oblivious to the danger of Clarice and her two husbands invading their home. At the same time, the Adamas are targeted by the Ha’la’tha. One family will finally begin the move forward, while the other will experience yet another tragedy.
Jan. 04, 2011
Caprica Apotheosis 1×18 Apotheosis
Clarice and Olaf move forward with the plan to blow up Atlas Arena when they learn of their powerful ally in the GDD. Singh covers their tracks by framing the Graystones as terrorists, forcing them to go on the run. The grieving Adamas confront the Guatrau for his string of recent decisions in the hopes of avoiding further violence.
Jan. 04, 2011

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Another Earth

Plot: Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), who is a bright young woman accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs (William Mapother), has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined.

The film is now scheduled to hit theaters on July 22nd, in limited release.

 

Torchwood Miracle Day

Synopsis

“One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging – they get hurt and sick – but they never die.

The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four months’ time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.”

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Plot Summary:

1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

The screenplay for Cowboys & Aliens is by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, from a screen story by Fergus & Ostby and Steve Oedekerk. It is based on Platinum Studios’ “Cowboys & Aliens” by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Grazer, Howard, Kurtzman, Orci and Rosenberg produce. Spielberg, Favreau, Denis L. Stewart, Bobby Cohen and Ryan Kavanaugh executive produce.

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time travel


Here is a translation of the statement: “The time-travel drama is becoming a hot theme for TV and films. But its content and the exaggerated performance style are questionable. Many stories are totally made-up and are made to strain for an effect of novelty. The producers and writers are treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore.”

In a nut shell it sounds like the problem isn’t necessarily with time-travel, but with movies that place modern characters together with historical figures, China finds the whole thing offensive. The result of time-travel is usually comical and at times makes some awesome science fiction movies, time-travel it is also widely used by most SciFi TV series at some point or another. This doesn’t mean that movies about historical figures can’t be made, they just can’t be inaccurate or represent China’s heroes poorly.

 

Logans Run


The project is based on the 1967 novel by William F. Nolan that was adapted into the 1976 film starring Michael York. The base of the story for those of you that have no clue is a future society where people are executed upon reaching a certain age and those that seek to avoid their fate are deemed “Runners.” There was also a short lived TV series also named Logan’s Run (1977-1978) which picks up where the original movie left off.

The character of Logan is one of those executioners, known as the Sandmen, who ends up on the run after he becomes sympathetic with members of an underground railroad of Runners.

Beall will be picking up writing duties after Alex Garland (Never Let Me Go, 28 Days Later), who was previously attached to the project.

 

Firefly

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FIREFLY OVERVIEW

Firefly is set five hundred years from today in a new planetary system after humanity abandons “Earth That Was”. Under the leadership of Malcolm Reynolds, a renegade who fought against the new unified central government (the “Alliance”), the crew of the Firefly-class vessel Serenity struggles to survive any way they can. They fly between the border planets to keep away from the Alliance and below its radar.

The theme lyrics to Firefly gives a good insite into the show. Check it out below.

“Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand. I don’t care I’m still free, you can’t take the sky from me. Take me out to the black, tell them I ain’t coming back. Burn the land and boil the sea, you can’t take the sky from me……There’s no place I can be since I found Serenity, you… can’t take the sky from me.”

Each of the crew members has a special role: Malcolm Reynolds holds the duty of Captain – he is a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the Alliance to no avail. He strives to keep all his crew members on task and Serenity flying safely, while trying to make a living and do the right thing…in his rather flexible moral framework. Zoe (aka The Soldier) is extremely loyal to Reynolds as she served with him during the war and owes her life to him. Zoe has the strength and experience to take command of the ship, if necessary. Wash is Serenity’s pilot (and Zoe’s husband) – unassuming, self-deprecating, and calm with a sense of humor. Kaylee is the ship’s mechanic – an experienced engineer who keeps Serenity flying. Inara is a ‘Registered Companion,’ most easily described as a high-priced courtesan or geisha. She is also the person with the highest social standing on the ship and acts as the crew’s Ambassador. Jayne is the muscle of the crew. A tough, uncultured Mercenary, unpleasant and offensively direct, but loyal to those on his crew…usually. The newcomers are: Simon Tam is the Doctor on Serenity and comes from a wealthy family and has a privileged upbringing. He has spent his life savings and future to save his sister, River. River (aka The Fugitive) was experimented on by the government. Her psychic visions (a result of the experiments) are taken at first as babble by the crew but they slowly come to realize that there’s more going on than what shows on the surface. Book or “The Shepherd,” is a wise minister who knows far more about military matters and battle tactics than a man of the cloth should, and his past is shrouded in mystery.

This series was described as a “science fiction western” but is different from other space-based shows as it features no aliens. Despite receiving critical acclaim and a very positive reaction from Whedon fans, FOX had trouble with Firefly from the start. The network didn’t like the western concept of the show, and asked Whedon to write a new pilot episode that featured more action (The Train Job). The order in which the episodes were meant to air was changed. The show was put on hiatus at mid-season and cancelled shortly thereafter. Only thirteen episodes were filmed, of which just ten made it on the air, the last shown being the original two-hour pilot. (For stations and individuals seeking the intended air order of the series as specified by creator Joss Whedon, as opposed to the order Fox originally aired them, see here )


Luckily, Firefly has found a permanent afterlife in an amazing DVD box set featuring the complete series plus several commentaries and special features. Firefly has also since aired in many countries around the world, contributing to its still-growing fanbase. Most exciting of all, Firefly went on to the big screen in a movie called Serenity!

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Firefly trivia

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FIREFLY / SERENITY TRIVIA

Episode 1: Serenity (1)

At the beginning of the modern scene in space just after Mal says “The vault’s sealed” we cut to a shot of Mal’s back you can clearly see the “sticky” around the vault lock – this is before he applies the sticky which is seen a few seconds later.

After the crew lands on Persephone, and everyone is leaving, Wash drives the crawler down the ramp, but stops to tell Zoe to be careful (“Zhu Yi”). As he prepares to start down the ramp, if you look at the front bumper of the crawler, you can see a hand reach out and pull him forward. This may not be visible in all formats.

In the very last scene on the flight deck, the toy dinosaurs Wash was playing with at the beginning of the pilot (“Serenity”) can be seen left behind on his console.

Episode 2: Serenity (2)

When everyone is celebrating the escape from the Reavers, we see Wash is piloting the ship. But as the camera pulls back, we see the control panel and steering wheel are gone and Wash is in fact holding on to NOTHING. According to the commentary, they needed to take out the panel to make a camera move work, and the actor playing Wash mimed holding the steering wheel for the shot, but in widescreen it’s pretty blatant. Joss Whedon said no one noticed the error and the shot was used anyway.

So how’d the Reavers track Serenity to Whitefall? We’re told it’s the same ship that went past them earlier, when they weren’t close to Whitefall. So…how’d the Reavers know Mal & crew would be there? Or did they just get lucky?

Wash says he can’t see the incoming Reaver ship and has to do a scan. Not more then a few seconds later Mal looks out the ship and the Reaver ship is practically on top of them.

Episode 3: The Train Job

According to his DVD commentary, Joss Whedon said that he originally intended to play the part of Badger himself.

In the overhead shot of the train, just before Serenity comes into the shot, the wheels on the train that are F/X’d out elsewhere can be seen in the shadow next to the track.

What the heck does the opening narration mean? So, they found a new solar system and hundreds of new earths? So are they all in one solar system, or what?

Maybe this will change in future episodes, but all the planets we see in this episode (including the intro and the opening credits) are dusty and dry and kinda desert-like. But we’re told in the opening narration they were all terraformed. So why’d they go around and create a bunch of deserts? (some didn’t find this too unusual, thinking maybe the process was limited to desert creation)

Episode 4: Bushwhacked

So the survivor attacks Jayne, who in return shoots him. When Mal follows the blood drops to the vent, it’s closed. So the survivor takes the vent off, climbs in, and then places it back in. He seems too out of the world to be putting the vent back.

When Simon comes into the other ship in the spacesuit, he lays down his flashlight to try and take of his helmet, but when the shot changes to Kaylee coming toward the screen to help him you can see the light from the flashlight still moving over the other characters behind Kaylee, at one point blinding Jayne, as if Simon was still holding it.

The ship’s name “Serenity” was taken from one of the last places the war was fought before the Alliance considered the war won, which was called Serenity Valley.

Wouldn’t Captain Malcolm and Zoe have noticed a bad odor before River looked up towards the slaughtered, hanging passengers of the derelict ship?

So what happened to the ship’s log they found? First Mal and Zoe find it, start examining it, and talk like it’s going to have some kind of big revelation, but then they forget about it entirely.

So why doesn’t Jayne give up Simon and River to the Alliance? He sure talks about them being unwanted and pain-in-the-necks enough times, but he has the chance here to secretly give them up to the Alliance by giving away their hiding place and he doesn’t take it. Presumably he’s just loyal to Mal or just really likes them and it’s all talk, but this isn’t really clear.

Where is the survivor hiding in the common room? He gets the drop on the Alliance guys and Mal despite the fact they’re facing in all directions and there really isn’t anywhere to hide.

Where do the Alliance soldiers disappear to when the survivor attacks? There are several soldiers, plus Mal and the Alliance captain, who go into the room. Then the survivor attacks, kills one or maybe two soldiers tops, and it’s just him, the captain, and Mal – where’d the rest go? And why aren’t they helping their commanding officer? Also, you can see the hand of a soldier on the Cruiser commander’s shoulder after Mal saves him… obviously there were soldiers around, why didnt they help him out?

Episode 5: Shindig

In this episode it’s revealed that Kaylee is short for Kaywinnit Lee, and her last name is Frye.

According to the DVD commentary for this episode, it is revealed that the necklace Zoe always wears is to symbolize her marriage to Wash (instead of a ring). That is why she never takes it off.

Cows will never walk on a grate or a grid-like pattern. According to Jane Espenson, the cows were placed there with bluescreening.

 

Conveniently, the cows in the hold don’t start mooing until after Inara and Mal finish their conversation. Or at least, the sound editor thoughtfully cut them off the track so the two could have an understandable conversation.

Episode 6: Safe

During the rescue of River and Simon, the red dot from the laser sight on Jayne’s gun on the Patron’s chest is 2 or 3 inches across (way too big). Laserbeams don’t get wider at a distance, and besides, Jayne can’t be more than 50 yards/meters away at the most.

How do the hillfolk know that Simon is a doctor? He and the others never mention it (that we see or hear) while they’re in town.

Anybody working with cows will find the shot of the empty cargo bay, with neat little piles of cow manure despite a herd of the animals milling around in there for days, highly suspect.

Simon’s comment about Book’s injury being the “first decent wound” doesn’t make much sense since Mal was badly injured previously in “Out of Gas” and Simon ended up treating him. However, this episode was actually filmed and produced prior to that one but aired out of sequence by Fox, explaining the apparent continuity error.

Episode 7: Our Mrs. Reynolds

In the UK DVD boxset release, according to the booklet, this episode was written by Joss Wheldon; not Joss Whedon.

The town seems to be a closely-knit kinda community. And yet no one there seems to take it amiss when Saffron, a stranger, wanders up and “proposes” to Mal. If she had stayed in town for a while to establish her credentials, how long was she there in town while waiting for a ship to come by she could set up for a hijack?

Previously we were told that River escaped from the Academy. This episode Inara says that Saffron must have received companion training at “the Academy.” The way everyone talks about it in capital letters, “The Academy” seems to be a single well-known place…that trains both psychics and companions? Otherwise referring to both training organizations as “The Academy” seems unnecessarily confusing.

Episode 8: Jaynestown

After the young boy takes the shot that was supposed to hit Jayne, he falls to the ground. You can see a rope attached to his left foot during this stunt and when he is falling to the ground.

When Stitch points his shotgun at Mal, there is a pump action sound effect, even though he does not pump the gun.

You can’t take a shotgun blast for someone. A shotgun blast is a spread of pellets, even at relatively close-range. At least some of the pellets/buckshot would have gone past the guy and hit Jayne.

Stitch walks upright pretty well, and manhandles Simon pretty readily, despite being locked up in a cramped box for four years. Did the Magistrate let him have daily exercise periods and all, or what?

So exactly what is “Port Control”? The Serenity landed in the middle of a big open field with no signs of buildings, no one to greet them, and no indication they had to request permission to land.

Episode 9: Out of Gas

The random piece of equipment that Wash throws in the salvage yard appears to be a Catalyzer, the engine component that broke and caused the situation in “Out of Gas”.

One of the candles on the birthday cake goes from being lit to not lit depending on the camera angle.

The dress that Kaylee is wearing in the flashback is the same dress she wears on her date with Simon in the episode “The Message”.

In one of the DVD commentaries for “Firefly,” it’s explained that Zoe wears her leather necklace as a sort of wedding ring, symbolizing her marriage to Wash. But, she’s wearing the same necklace during the flashback shots in this episode. Why is she wearing it if she’s not married to Wash yet?

At least in our time, injecting a big needle of adrenaline into someone with a stomach wound will almost certainly result in one very dead patient.

Episode 10: Ariel

When the ambulance lands, you can see the casters that it is sitting on.

When Jayne, Simon, and River are being arrested, Jayne has his hands cuffed behind his back. A moment later he gets shot with one of the Fed energy weapons and his hands go flying up in front of him which would have been impossible if he was still handcuffed.

The ambulance used in this episode was eventually found in a scrap yard in the Mojave Desert, and then purchased by fans.

One of the guards had blood all over his mouth from biting Jayne, but the blood is gone when the blue-handed operatives check them.

Episode 11: War Stories

Wash must be a terrible pilot in a shuttle, as the shuttle seems to be zigzagging all across a perfectly flat valley – the sunlight sways back and forth from the window across Mal and him as they’re going to the drop zone. Either that, or the sun is changing position on the horizon every five seconds.

As the crew are storming the station, one “dead” guard can be seen lying perfectly alongside one of the walls. But when the opposite wall gets shot, you can see the whole body jump in shock.

In the scene where Mal has the torture device attached to his chest, his amputated ear is on the wrong side of his head. Obviously, the picture has been flipped (a mirror image), as the buttons on his shirt are on the wrong side, also.

The crew seems to know all about Niska’s reputation when he first met them. Here they’re pretty close to his space station when they make the drug deal, and they don’t seem to be worried at all about their proximity to him or the chance he might do something. In fact, Mal even thinks it’s going to be an easy run.

The councilor’s bodyguard comes in and says “All clear” even though Kaylee and Jayne are not-so-carefully hiding up in the catwalks.

Episode 12: Trash

The outfit that Inara is wearing at the end of the episode is the same one she is wearing the flashback in Out of Gas.”

At the end of the episode, when Mal is butt naked and talking to Zoe and Wash, when they’re leaving him Wash tells Zoe, barely audibly if you listen carefully, “Zoe, he’s Jewish!” You can try guessing what he’s referring to.

At time index 17:45, as Mal’s shuttle is landing on the island, a spacecraft can be seen flying from right to left in the background. This “spacecraft” is actually a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a US supersonic reconnaissance aircraft which was first flown in 1964.

When Kaylee is reprogramming the garbage can, the screen next to her clearly shows a Windows desktop (with what looks like the new hardware wizard at the first step). Time index on the DVD copy of the episode: 21:41

Episode 13: The Message

When Simon starts cutting Tracey, he make about an inch cut before Tracey wakes up and jumps him. After he’s lying on the floor, the cut goes all the way down his sternum.

When Simon goes to do the autopsy on Tracey you notice that he plans to cut right down the middle. When an autopsy is done the doctor or coroner makes a ‘Y’ cut. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a doctor or coroner opening a body by cutting right down the middle of the torso.

When Jayne starts digging in the box for the enclosed item the camera cuts to the rest of the crew and Jayne is slightly off camera. However, you can still clearly see him take the hat out and let the box fall on the floor, yet when they switch cameras Jayne is shown doing the same actions as before – taking the hat out and letting the box drop. This leads to a bit of a mismatch when they cut the shots together.

The dress that Kaylee is wearing on her date with Simon is the same dress is wearing in the flashback on the episode Out of Gas.

Tracey’s plan is a bit unclear. He is supposedly smuggling genetically-engineered human organs from one planet to another. He’s supposed to go to Ariel, where he said the new organs would be taken out and his original ones put back in. Presumably his organs were taken out on a planet that wasn’t Ariel, which means they had to be transported to Ariel. How was this to be accomplished? Isn’t trafficking human organs illegal? Is there some sort of legal distinction between real organs and genetically engineered ones? If transporting the originals is easy enough, then why not smuggle the new ones that way? Why bother with a human incubator in a risky and unnessesary plan? Perhaps it could be argued that real organs can survive outside the body in artificial incubators and genetic organs cannot, but if that’s the case it means there’s something fundamentally wrong with the genetic process of creating the organs, because they should be indistinguishable from real ones. If this is the case, using a genetic organ would probably be very risk and possibly prone to failure. Of course, they could be failure prone and the black market doesn’t really care.

Arriving on Persephone, Jayne exits Serenity wearing the hat his mother made for him in “The Message.”

Episode 14: Heart of Gold

If you’re watching closely, when Rance Burgess is delivering his sinister speech to rally his men, you can see that one of the cutaway shots of the onlookers is actually played backwards. Keep your eyes peeled, you can see the fire on one guy’s torch is flowing backwards when they tilt up to show him.

As Mal dives from the roof, one of Burgess’ men shoots at him with his horse facing Mal dead on. Mal lands and does a forward roll, and now the horse is standing at right angles. Why would you move a horse while shooting at an armed, moving target?

We know Book knows his guns better than he should, yet in this episode he’s only armed with a hose. We know from “War Stories” that he’s not averse to taking up arms if needed. River, with her blind-shooting ability, also seems underutilised.

When Burgess walks out of the room with the baby, you can clearly see he’s holding a doll in one shot

Episode 15: Objects in Space

At the climax of the story, Mal moves in behind Jubal and pushes him off into space. But actions and reactions are equal — the shove should send Mal flying off in the other direction. There is no indication that he is braced against anything or has secured his footing in either the wide shot or the close-up that shows him appearing quite suddenly behind Early.

When River is still claiming to have merged with Serenity, she is able to speak to several rooms individually. Is this possible to do from Early’s ship? And how could she tell that Mal was rolling his eyes– was it a big goof or a psychic awareness?


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MOVIE: Serenity

In the movie, the key phrase, that Dr. Simon Tam uttered to put River to sleep, “Eta Kooram Nah Smech!” in Russian means literally “this is for hens to laugh”, meaning “this is very ridiculous”.

When the Operative reviews Mal’s file, it shows his birth date as 9/20/2468. 9/20/2002 is the day “Firefly” (2002) premiered. Coincidentally, 9/20/1968 is “Firefly” writer/producer Ben Edlund’s date of birth.

Although only a portion of the animated “Fruity Oaty Bar” commercial is visible in the movie, it was produced in its entirety and is visible as an “Easter Egg” on the DVD. Joss Whedon wanted the commercial to be as odd as possible and admits on the DVD that it is heavily inspired by the “Mr. Sparkle” advertisement from “The Simpsons” (1989) episode “In Marge We Trust.”

According to Adam Baldwin, the mini-gun his character Jayne uses at the end of the film is nicknamed “Lux”, after the message board handle (LuxLucre) of devoted fan Kerry Pearson. Pearson, who died of complications from diabetes, was best known for creating fan art that featured the characters from “Firefly” (2002) in a “South Park” (1997) cartoon style.

There is an inside joke printed on some of the crates in the cargo bay. Some of the crates have the message “Reusable Container: Do Not Destroy” printed on them (they are visible behind River after the Reaver has been shot). The original set for the ship, from the show “Firefly” (2002) was destroyed (even though creator Joss Whedon swore he’d make use of it again), and therefore could not be reused for the movie (the set had to be rebuilt from scratch).

Fanty and Mingo are named for the pair of mafia thugs from Joseph H. Lewis’s The Big Combo (1955).

Universal Studios took the unusual step of allowing early previews of the unfinished film. The first early preview was in November 2004 in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles CA, when the release date for the film was still early 2005. The 5 May 2005 previews were held in 10 cities, the 26 May 2005 previews were held in 20 cities, and the 23 June 2005 previews were held in 35 cities. An early preview was also held on the Gold Coast, Qld, Australia on Friday 22 July 2005.

Two wrecked ships are shown with the registration numbers C57D, a reference to Forbidden Planet (1956). Jayne points out the first one as they explore. The second is the rescue ship, the source of the beacon. Writer/Director Joss Whedon says in the DVD commentary that the name of the world, Miranda, was taken from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, where it is the name of a character who says, “Brave new world that has such people in it.” Forbidden Planet was loosely based on The Tempest.

When the crew first arrives on Haven, Jayne is strumming the “Ballad of Serenity” (the “Firefly” (2002) theme) on the guitar.

This is the first film to be released by Universal on HD-DVD (High Definition DVD).

A coffee maker seen in Serenity’s dining room/kitchen is an F.A. Porsche Design coffee maker made by Siemens.

The futuristic-looking handcuffs used on River are in fact Clejuso Number 13s, the second heaviest handcuffs currently in production.

EASTER EGG: From the main menu screen, keep clicking “left” until you light up a triangle with a dot in the center on the right side of the screen. This icon will take you to the full Fruity Oaty Bar commercial.

Malcolm’s Social Control number is 099,836,5,4112.

The keyboard Mal uses to transmit the signal from Mr. Universe’s basement is a Micro Innovations Web Office Pro Keyboard.

One of the video clips playing on the monitors in Mr Universe’s base is the Blue Sun commercial from the “Firefly” (2002) episode “The Message”.

This is the first film for which a digital cinema distribution master was made using the new DCI standards using JPEG2000 compression and a 12 bit 4:4:4 XYZ color space.

The cannon the crew mounts to Serenity is a WW2 German 20mm Flak 38.

Among the buildings shown in the opening sequence (where voice-over narration describes the “terraforming” process) are the Emirates Towers, key features of the skyline of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. A skyscraper in the foreground of the same shot is based on designs by Sir Norman Foster (Lord Foster), including the Commerzbank headquarters in Frankfurt and the HSBC building in Hong Kong.

Morena Baccarin provides the voice (“Parliamentary override. Full access.”) for the security terminal in the records room.

The key phrase, that Dr. Simon Tam uttered to put River to sleep, “Eta Kooram Nah Smech!” in Russian means literally “this is for hens to laugh”, meaning “this is very ridiculous”.

Wash’s jacket has a Leonov mission patch from 2010 (1984) on one arm, and a real-world Russian Intercosmos patch on the other.

Concept art for the film reveals that many of the weapons are based on the design of paintball markers. They include such paintball-specific touches as the propellant tank mount point at the bottom of the rear grip, and an “expansion chamber”-style fore grip.

The poem Mal refers to is “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In the poem the Mariner shoots down an albatross which causes the death of his crew and the destruction of his ship.

Mal’s drink of choice, Ng Ka Py, is a Chinese brandy. (It is available in the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly in the Li Po bar in SF’s Chinatown and some liquor stores in SF and Oakland’s Chinatown.) It is seen in the film in his quarters, and it is also the drink he calls for in the bar in the first scene of “The Train Job”.

Summer Glau has said that she pitched to Joss Whedon the idea of her character River becoming a pilot during the “Firefly” (2002) television series. In this film, River finally becomes co-pilot of Serenity.

The original “Firefly” (2002) title theme is played at the end of the closing credits, in a guitar-only version.

Zoe, Mal, and Jayne’s guns from Firefly are in a private collection so it became necessary for everyone to have new weapons for the film. The only weapon carried over from the series is Jayne’s bowie knife.

The cast had a running gag where they would yell Summer Glau’s name whenever she flubbed a line or forgot to do something. It originated on “Firefly” (2002) when she forgot her line at the end of a very long and difficult scene.

According to the director commentary, Mal’s line “Faster would be better” was ad-libbed by Nathan Fillion when Joss Whedon told him to “say something Mal would say.”

On Miranda, when the crew discovers the dead citizens in the sealed room, right before River starts talking in Chineese, there’s a body of an old man in a lab coat wearing golden shoes. The shoes he is wearing are Nike Flightposite III, basketball shoes designed for Kevin Garnett, introduced around 2001.

Body count: 74

After they find the first body that’s been dead without injuries in the white city you can see a strange kind of stairs with a ramp through it. This is an exact copy of the stairs at the Robson Square in Vancouver, Canada designed by Arthur C. Erickson.

Once Simon has put River to sleep in the bar, On the floor next to her can clearly be seen an Earth Aliance PPG from the series Babylon 5.

Though the Trade Agent (the elderly man in the Trade Station who unlocks the safe) is played by ‘Weston Nathanson, his voice was dubbed by Joss Whedon. According to Whedon, several of the stand-in voices from the early post-production stage remain in the final film, among them this and Morena Baccarin’s voice as the computer at the beginning of the film.

Contents of Mal’s personal file:
Son of a rancher, born on the planet Shadow.
Bound by law five times:
– Smuggling
– Tariff dodging
– Transporting illegal cargo
Captain
Independent Army
57th Brigade
Volunteer
Awarded valor commendation:
Battle of Serenity Valley